BA (Hons) Textile Design
The year in review
Words by Kate Farley, Course Leader
It is our pleasure to be able to showcase the 2020 graduates of the Textile Design course at NUA.
These designers have spent their time with us learning creative, technical, and professional skills in order to develop an understanding of the discipline in relation to their skills and interests. They are now ready to take their place in this exciting and evolving global industry.
Their final year started with an industry challenge in the shape of live brief to propose upholstery fabrics for an airline seating company, serving the middle-eastern market. The project explored pattern, colour, materiality and finish in the context of high-performance fabrics and resulted in a collection of dynamic outcomes in print, knit, weave and stitch that were very well received by the client, Mirus.
We have had competition success with Maisie Miller winning the regional final of the Society of Dyers and Colorists award and further commendations & shortlisting in the Bradford Textile Society awards and i-dott awards.
The graduates have undertaken a range of briefs generating contemporary solutions for fashion, interiors and beyond, while considering issues such as wellbeing, craft and technology, trends, branding and client profiling, material innovation and sustainability. Their commercial and conceptual design thinking in tandem with textile practice has resulted in highly diverse portfolios and industry ready individuals.
They have successfully completed academic research across a range of contemporary issues such as cultures and traditions, femininity, injustice, traditional craft and environmental issues to add context to their design practice, leading on to their final projects we are presenting here.
These graduates’ final collections evidence their passion, curiosity, flair and individual relationships with the world they live in – and that world has tested them like no other year group. We are extremely proud to present the class of 2020!